Volunteer in Africa

Jewelry Design Volunteer Opportunities in AfricaJewelry Design


Global Mamas provides sustainable livelihoods for women in Africa by promoting their traditional skills in the production of fair trade jewelry. All of our jewelry products are made with 100% recycled materials including glass, plastic or scrap fabric. Each year Global Mamas produces a new line of jewelry to be included in our annual catalog. We are always seeking fresh ideas of visiting designers. There are many ways in which we could put your skills to use:

  • Begin by spending time with our bead makers to learn the traditional art of glass bead making.
  • Design new jewelry products - we will surround you with a tremendous variety of beads and other materials to inspire you.
  • Work with our bead makers to develop new options for their existing beads.
  • Provide training to our jewelry producers to enhance their jewelry production and beading skills.

Past Jewelry Design Projects

Kara Smith - Product Design volunteer in Africa

Kara Smith
Ballston Lake, New York

Kara was able to take ideas that had been sitting dormant in the Global Mamas vault and brought them to life. Kara's achievements for Global Mamas were varied, and include:

  • Developing the designs and instructions for 3 new bead kits for Global Mamas Wholesale Bead Catalog.
  • Working with Rachel to develop the bead making workshop to the stage where it was ready to be launched.
  • Found productive uses for excess fabric to create products to be sold in the Global Mamas Ghana stores.

Kara's boundless energy and positive attitude were a great addition to the atmosphere, especially when working on tedious projects like measuring endless yards of fabric. Her favorite experience though was working on the bead making workshop and seeing Moses, the workshop leader, take on his new roll.

"The first time Moses did the entire workshop, I think he did great and he had grown so much since we first started working with him. It made me feel good that he had done so well and that with some practice this could provide him with some extra income."